Semipalmated Sandpipers 6/2/18

Semipalmated Sandpipers are small and probably the most abundant of all the shorebird species you’ll see running about the beach or on mudflats during spring migration. They have dark legs, straight black bills, short necks, some faint streaking across the light breast (but no streaking on their flanks), with mottled wings and back that can appear either brownish or gray. They winter on the shores of South America and southern North America, and gather by the thousands on their long trek north to the Arctic tundra breeding grounds. Like the Semipalmated Plovers posted the other day, they have a bit of webbing between their toes. They are 1 of the 5 smallish sandpiper species that are together known as peeps.

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